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Are film critics irrelevant?

Fans are upset with some film critics for pouring cold water over "Deadpool 2," prompting some to debate the necessity of the profession altogether. Due to the rise of social media, the relevance of professional film criticism has been under fire for a while. Social platforms give everyday people the ability to share their own opinions, and sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic also exist to inform moviegoers. But some argue film critics analyze a movie through a different lens and have the ability to bring attention to smaller films. Do we still need film critics? 

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Erik Kain of Forbes recently wrote a piece criticizing movie critics for downplaying "Tomb Raider," calling it a great video-game movie that pulled in millions, but admitted there is a time and a place for professional film criticism. 

I think that criticism is crucial to the conversation between filmgoers and all filmmakers who are trying to do serious, culturally important work, which is to say a small percentage of those in Hollywood but a very large percentage of those who make documentaries and independent films. It is also absolutely vital to the importers of foreign films, and to the whole network of distributors, exhibitors and others who typically enter the business more out of a passion for the art rather than any dreams of making a killing.
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Some are also campaigning for more diversity in film criticism, saying additional voices will help provide a better baseline for a diverse public.

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Back in 2004, Will Smith said moviegoers don't need film critics to tell them how to enjoy cinema. Blockbusters are going to do well, regardless of film criticism.

“Movie reviews don’t mean jack to summer blockbusters. It’s pointless to even review it,” said Will Smith. “People are going to see the movie that gets $60 million worth of advertising in July. Summer movies are almost review proof.” 
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Like...who even asked them?

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